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02nd Apr 2017

Diego Maradona threatening to sue massively popular soccer video-game

Rory Cashin

This is true, apparently. Hand to God…

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 was released on Sony, Microsoft and PC systems in September last year, and one of the reasons why football fans keep returning to the game is the MyClub mode that allows players to take control of all-time favourites.

Maradona’s own on-field career came to an end 20 years ago, but he is the latest of the playable “legends” added to the game, alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Hristo Stoichkov and Gary Lineker.

However, Maradona claims he never gave game-creator Konami permission to use his name or likeness in the game.

He took to Facebook to raise the grievance:

Translated, the post reads:

“I heard yesterday that the Japanese company Konami uses my image for its game PES 2017. Unfortunately, my lawyer Matias Morla will initiate the corresponding legal actions. I hope this is not another scam…”

Said lawyer Matias Morla took to Twitter to confirm the intended action.

Roughly translated, Morla states: “PES 2017 illegally used the figure and name #Maradona. We will action against #Konami with everything!”

There has been no official reaction from Konami on the subject at the time of publishing.